Rum­sey Ride for STARS tops $40,000

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

The Rum­sey Ride for STARS brought in 102 rid­ers from all over Al­berta this year to the TL Bar Ranch, rais­ing over $40,000 in do­na­tions to­ward STARS – the most the fundraisier has seen do­nated in 27 years.

“We are just ec­static. It is phe­nom­e­nal, ac­tu­ally. We didn’t know what to ex­pect be­cause last year we did just un­der $40,000 and had more rid­ers. And with the econ­omy and ev­ery­thing, we were ex­pect­ing to get hit back a bit. So to have this turn out with less rid­ers is just phe­nom­e­nal,” says or­ga­nizer Rob Rich­mond.

Over 27 years, the Rum­sey Ride for STARS has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for horse en­thu­si­asts to trail ride to­gether for a great cause. The event also fea­tures a pan­cake break­fast, a bar­beque lunch, and a beef bar­beque sup­per as well as games and awards.

This year's award cat­e­gories were Most Raised by a Se­nior Rider (Lynn Tan­ner, $9,330), Most Raised by a Ju­nior Rider (Raylee Jones, $2,200), and Old­est (Marvin Don­aghy, age 88), Youngest Rider (Ch­es­ney Anderson, age 4).

Sur­pris­ingly, this year catered to a younger crowd of rid­ers.

“We had more of the younger rid­ers in the ride this year. There is a lot of older folks who do ride, but it is neat to see that we have a new gen­er­a­tion par­tic­i­pat­ing,” says Rich­mond.

Horse en­thu­si­asts of the Rum­sey Ride for STARS pre­par­ing for their fundrais­ing trek across the beau­ti­ful Al­berta land­scape. sub­mit­ted

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